Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 22 August 2019

Dubai Health Authority launches gender task force to boost services

New Dubai Health Authority gender balance committee will aim to ensure quality services for both sexes

Dr Manal Taryam, CEO of the Dubai Primary Healthcare Sector, announced a new DHA committee to improve access to gender specific healthcare. Courtesy: Dubai Health Authority
Dr Manal Taryam, CEO of the Dubai Primary Healthcare Sector, announced a new DHA committee to improve access to gender specific healthcare. Courtesy: Dubai Health Authority

A new health task force is to be set up in Dubai to ensure men and women receive tailored care specific to their needs.

Dubai Health Authority has announced that it is to set up a gender balance committee to develop care strategies for both sexes.

The committee will also look at the ratio and female to health health workers in various medical fields - and pinpoint whether improvements are needed to encourage greater participation by either gender.

There are almost twice as many female health professionals as men operating in Dubai, 24,672 compared with 13,742.

The announcement was made at a DHA press conference confirming details of the upcoming two-day Dubai Health Forum on January 21.

The committee will take into consideration the differences in care requirements for both genders - from prostrate cancer in men to maternity care for women.

“In gender balance, there are globally recognised key performance indicators we will look at to improve services,” said Dr Manal Taryam, CEO of the Dubai Primary Healthcare Sector.

“These issues will be addressed and we will launch a council within the DHA for gender balance in healthcare to monitor progress in these areas.”

Dr Taryam said that further work needs to be carried out to help both sexes thrive in medical fields.

“It depends on the ratio of women to men we send to study medicine, or who go on to become paramedics and pharmacists, for example,” said Dr Taryam.

“We will try to understand how to empower them, how we help them pursue their chosen career and how we can help them succeed in their work environment.

“We currently have more women than men in most sectors, but we need to assess the numbers and see what areas need to improve.”

Council findings from public and private sector hospitals will be reported to the United Nations every four years.

Based on those findings, new initiatives will be launched to compensate for any shortfalls in health care for men and women.


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The DHA has also welcomed the launch of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's 50-year charter for the development of the emirate, which has a focus on bolstering health provision.

The charter, marking the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai's half century of service to the UAE government, is an action plan for the future made up of nine articles, the fifth of which calls for a doctor to be available for every citizen.

Humaid Al Qutami, director general of Dubai Health Authority, said the body will rise to the challenge put forward by Sheikh Mohammed.

“The government of Dubai spares no effort in developing its health sector,” said Mr Al Qutami.

“DHA continuously works on investing its resources and capabilities in the best way possible to achieve international competitiveness globally and to provide a unique treatment environment to its citizens and medical tourists.”

Article 5 of the charter sets out a vision to provide medical consultations by hundreds of thousands of doctors, specialists and consultants around the clock through the use of smart government applications.

It aims to overhaul the traditional medical system and bring doctors closer to patients, heighten awareness and to utilise the best minds in the medical field to provide high-quality, convenience patient-centric care.

Mr Al Qutami said the authority is driving forward with plans to develop infrastructure at its medical facilities and is embracing advances in technology in order to provide the best standards of care.

He said the fifth article of the charter will act as a performance indicator for the authority to measure the operational efficiency of hospitals, primary healthcare centres, specialised centres and clinics across Dubai.

This year’s Dubai Health Forum will focus on themes of family health and community wellbeing, sustainable public health economics, technology and innovation and healthcare for young people.

Topics will be discussed by 42 speakers across 62 sessions.

During the Dubai World Trade Centre forum, a 30-hour ‘health hackathon’ will challenge university teams to develop health care solutions to improve the lives of those with special needs.

Updated: January 7, 2019 08:30 PM